writer, teacher, priest, campus minister, uncle
Quick Bio: Fr Joe Laramie SJ is a Catholic, Jesuit priest. He was ordained in 2011. He currently serves as a campus minister at his alma mater, Saint Louis University— where he works with students on retreats, service projects, and in a residence hall. He is the author of Abide in the Heart of Christ: a 10-Day Personal Retreat with St Ignatius, based on the Spiritual Exercises [Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame IN; release date: Sept 2019]
Longer Bio: Jesuit formation and ministry have led him around the US and beyond. He has ministered to those who are homeless in Minnesota and Oregon; he served as a hospital chaplain in Chicago. He took an improv class at Second City Theater in Chicago and studied Spanish in Guatemala. He taught public speaking to high school boys at Regis Jesuit in Colorado; and worked at the Jesuit mission for Mayan villages in Belize, Central America. He led retreats at Rockhurst High in Kansas City. More recently, he preached at White House Jesuit Retreat in St Louis. He has guided people through the Spiritual Exercises in many contexts: for college students, women, priests, on Kairos, at an Oakland prison, for police and firefighters, for FOCUS missionaries, via Skype, over 8 days and 30 days. He has made two 30-day silent Ignatian retreats as part of his Jesuit training. A 2015 pilgrimage to Spain and Rome led him to the places where St Ignatius lived, walked and prayed.
His reflections and homilies have appeared online and in print. Topics include World Youth Day, pro-life ministry, social justice, Gospel meditations, and Ignatian spirituality. His writings and talks have appeared online and in print at Relevant Radio, The Jesuit Post, the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network, White House Jesuit Retreat, and at media for Jesuit schools. Abide in the Heart of Christ is his first book. It is based on his ministry, prayer, and talks at schools, parishes, and retreat centers.
In 1996 he graduated from SLU High, an all-boys Jesuit school. At Saint Louis University, he double majored in philosophy and communication; there he worked in campus media-- as a DJ on KSLU radio and as a sportswriter for The University News. Later he also received an MA in communication from SLU. Part-time college jobs included: working as a waiter & softball umpire, mowing lawns— and entertaining at kids’ birthday parties as a juggler & clown, as Batman, the Red Power Ranger, and Barney the Dinosaur.
Following studies at Kenrick Glennon Seminary, he joined the Jesuit novitiate in 2000. He studied graduate theology at Boston College, earning MDiv and STL degrees. His thesis focused on Eucharistic themes in the Spiritual Exercises.
He is a proud uncle and godfather.